Christmas is a lovely time of year. However if the dream, complete with visions of sugar plums dancing through your head, quickly turns to the reality of hordes of random relatives, whiny children and choking down dry fruitcake, then perhaps it is time to get out of town. |
Although you may be travelling solo, you will not be alone, as there are many like-minded people who flee the madness of Christmas traditions and head off to warm sandy beaches or the thrill of the slopes. Once you are armed with worldwide travel insurance any destination is up for grabs, and your own personal season of ‘giving’ can begin!
Logistics to Consider
There truly are very few limitations on where to go during the month of December – the Christmas season tends to make any destination even jollier. However, although you may be heading off on an exciting adventure of the unknown, it is worth bearing in mind that thousands of travellers will be doing their yearly trudge back to their family homes. During this peak travel season the opportunity for things to go wrong does increase. So it is imperative to have the most comprehensive worldwide travel insurance to protect you against situations such as cancelled flights or your luggage mysteriously going MIA.
Escape to Paradise
When it comes to travelling at Christmas time it is best to push the boat out and flex those adventure-seeking muscles. Some of the least considered destinations are in fact the most exciting during the holiday season. Here are the top 3 truly merry spots to visit in December, without a fat man with a beard in sight.
Christmas is one long celebration across India, but in Goa, a former Portuguese enclave with 105km of sandy beaches caressed by the warm Arabian Sea, it is a reason to party literally all night and day. Party hard with your fellow revellers under the twinkling fairy lights and tinsel-adorned palm trees. The weather is perfect, both day and night, and Goa knows how to celebrate. The bars are open late and the raves go on till even later. After the elaborate fireworks displays head to one of the quieter beaches, such as Mandrem or Arambol, and witness a truly awe-inspiring sunrise with your new-found friends.
Well known for their love of excess, Dubai doesn’t hold back at Christmas time. December, weather-wise, is in fact an ideal time to visit Dubai as the blazing heat calms down to a luxurious 19-25°C. It is a shopper’s delight with numerous designer apparel and jewellery stores offering pre-holiday sales. Dubai’s nightlife can only be described as ‘classy’; be prepared to don your finest labelled brands to impress the equally exquisitely formed ladies in some of the most luxurious bars in the world. The Buddha Bar is where you will find fellow expats, or head to Vu’s Bar which, being on the 51st floor of the Jumeirah Emirates Tower, literally feels like you are on top of the world.
If you simply cannot abandon the heart-warming dreams of a traditional ‘White Christmas’ then head to Vail, Colorado for full coverage of the cold, fluffy white stuff. Vail will be festooned with every traditional holiday decoration imaginable as visitors truly embrace the joy of the season. However, there are rarely travellers there under the weight of familial obligation or requirement, so the beer and liquor-soaked festivities are epic. After a thrilling day on the slopes (skiing or wildlife watching for ‘snow bunnies’) head back to a roaring fire found at your luxury mountain hotel, for craft beers and luxury spa services.
Thankfully, if you have comprehensive worldwide travel insurance your seasonal celebrations need not be hampered by concerns about travel hiccups, broken limbs or even intensive treatment for severe hangovers at local hospitals. Enjoy the season of merriment the way most of us wish it could be; without a worry, and no concern about being put on the ‘naughty list’.
Patrick Chong is the Managing Director of InsureMore, an award-winning team of specialists in global single trip and annual travel insurance policies. Besides offering great deals on worldwide travel insurance policies, Patrick also collects and shares the best free travel competitions to help his clients get the most out of their holidays.
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